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‘Voces Caelestes’ of Padre Pio Academy, returns by special invitation to Elmira and Ithaca for three programs of sacred early music for the Holy week. Following their well-received visit last June, the choir was invited back to sing at Cornell University with repeat visits to area churches.
A service of Tenebrae with choral prelude will be offered at Grace Episcopal Church, Elmira, on Palm Sunday, March 20, at 4 PM. Latin meaning shadows, Tenebrae originates from the ancient monastic prayer of Matins and Lauds, and refers to the somber lamentations of a forlorn Israel and the passion of Jesus Christ.
St. Casimir Catholic Church, Elmira, hosts ‘Voces Caelestes’ Monday evening, March 21, for Compline with prelude beginning at 7:30 PM. Compline is the final of the daily canonical hours offering thanksgiving to God and an appeal for protection through the night. The order of service includes psalms, prayers, anthem, and hymns.
To conclude their New York tour, ‘Voces Caelestes,’ together with the combined choirs of the Cornell University Catholic Community and the Ithaca College Catholic Community, offer a service of Tenebrae on campus at Cornell University’s Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel, 9PM, Tuesday, March 22.
The event press release with choir photo can be found here.